SLAP tears are fixed arthroscopically. The torn labrum is sewn back to the socket or glenoid with a number of sutures.

You will need to rest your arm in a sling for a few weeks to allow the tear to heal.

If the tear heals satisfactorily, you should be able to return to your overhead sport within 4-6 months.

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Howard J. Luks, MD

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A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

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